Jim Kennedy, Group Chief Executive, Lottery for Scientific Games, said, “Scientific Games continues to serve as a technology thought leader in the global lottery industry, developing secure solutions for government lotteries as they respond to the technology integration being driven by consumer trends and business intelligence. Our mission is to help our lottery customers manage their business to maximize returns to beneficiaries like Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K programs.”

The social games developer said it has appointed Frank Gibeau as chief executive officer, effective March 7, 2016

“As Ohio’s gambling landscape continues to evolve, it is critical that we focus on prevention, training and treatment of problem gambling,” Ohio Lottery Director Dennis Berg said. “This event is a key component of that effort.”
“We are proud to be part of this nationwide effort to emphasize the importance of responsible play,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica. “Lottery and casino games are intended to be sources of entertainment, and we encourage people to play within their means.” “Promoting responsible play is a year-round endeavor for us, but we are especially supportive of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s efforts this month,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Responsible Gambling Coordinator Mary Drexler.
The West Virginia Lottery is opposing the bill because of what John Myers, acting director of the Lottery, called “an expectation of transparency” among players. “They want to know that, when we tell them that there’s a grand prize winner, that we actually give that money away and that it’s to somebody that played the game and followed the rules,” he said. “That’s important to our players.” Public prize claims also help drive sales, according to Myers. “This really sets this apart as a big game, a big reward and people know that and that’s why, I think, we see the place on that game (Powerball and the like) that we don’t see on some of the others,” he said.
H.C. Madsen, CEO for Danske Spil A/S, said, "Scientific Games has demonstrated that their integrated systems technologies, expertise and quality of service meet the complex business needs of Danske Spil for secure lottery and gaming operations. We believe that a new open architecture system, advanced lottery numbers games and unified PAM solution will play an important role in our overall mission to increase revenues in the coming years." Patrick McHugh, Senior Vice President, Lottery Systems for Scientific Games, said, "Danske Spil is one of the most progressive lottery and gaming organizations in the world. Scientific Games is leading innovation in the industry for integrated technology that creates a seamless player experience across all products and all channels of play. We are a great match.". Michael Lightman, Senior Vice President, Lottery Interactive for Scientific Games, said, "The Danske Spil interactive PAM contract demonstrates that Scientitifc Games is on the leading edge of the convergence of the lottery and gaming industries, and offers the most complete technology solutions for progressive operators seeking to  deliver a unified player experience across all games and channels."
Buzz Aldrin, the second astronaut to walk on the moon, will make a special appearance at the casino March 3 to officially launch the promotion.  Casino officials say it’s the first of its kind conducted by a gaming facility anywhere in the world.  From March 1-26, all Live! Rewards Card members can earn entries for a chance to win a trip to space via one of several companies currently testing their flight vehicles.  Four trips will be awarded.

"2015 was a transformational year for Scientific Games, culminating in a strong finish for our fourth quarter operating results," said Gavin Isaacs, Scientific Games' President and Chief Executive Officer. "We completed the heavy lifting of integration, benefited from $231 million of implemented annualized cost synergies, and built a strong foundation for our future. We are one company, with one mission and three strong businesses, offering the broadest product portfolio in the industry. Our innovation was showcased at G2E, NASPL, and most recently at ICE. We believe that our innovation has helped generate our improved fourth quarter performance, and is already driving our momentum into 2016. Our winning edge consists of our people, our innovative new products led by our new TwinStar and Dualos cabinets, our Lottery contract awards, our systems successes, our electronic table growth, and our booming social gaming business. We will not rest on our laurels; we will continue to innovate and to improve our business processes in order to increase cash flow and reduce leverage."

Anthony Kerastaris, CEO, Intralot said: "I would like to thank Diomedes Vassiliou for his cooperation and valuable contribution to such a pivotal position in our company and wish him every success in his future steps. George Koliastasi welcome to our team, and look forward to our good cooperation to achieve the new strategic objectives Intralot as a leading power of the world industry. "

"For each of those games, we'll list all of the prizes that were available when the game began and how many of those prizes still remain," explains Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty.

2016 is set to be the year when virtual reality becomes part of the mainstream, essential technology. People are already speculating over what kind of things they would like to see in this virtual reality. One area in which people are getting excited is online gaming. Because fans of casinos have seen such major advances in such a short space of time, it is enticing to think what new ways of enhancing the experience the developers can dream up. The possibilities for virtual reality gaming are endless, and one can only really guess at what the developers will think of. One thing is for certain, though, when virtual reality becomes a must have accessory, the online casinos will be right there with it. They will develop and evolve, like they always have done.
Charges including corruption, money laundering and breach of trust were laid on executives that include Norbert Teufelberger and Manfred Bodner two of the former top tier executives of online gambling operator bwin.party digital entertainment. The men are facing bribery charges over a failed bid for a Turkish sports betting license back in 2007.

To streamline the lottery procurement process, which is notoriously costly and time consuming, the WLA has worked with NASPL, operators, suppliers and independent consultants to develop a Best Practice for lottery RFPs. The Global RFP Best Practice provides comprehensive guidance and standardization of lottery procurements while fully accounting for the legislation in the respective lottery's jurisdiction. Following the Best Practice will make it simpler, faster and cheaper to develop a successful RFP, obtaining responsive proposals and conduct the evaluation of those proposals. To watch a short movie that explains how the complex RFP process can be simplified with the WLA RFP Template, please click here

Washington, DC – A new proposal by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to bridge the state budget gap would cause tax revenues received from the Keystone State’s 12 casinos to decrease, according to a letter sent to Gov. Wolf from the American Gaming Association (AGA) today. AGA represents a majority of casino operators in Pennsylvania.

The bill and accompanying constitutional amendment would allow up to four casinos around the state, with two in the Atlanta metro area. At least 90 percent of revenue from casinos would go toward education, including the HOPE scholarship.
“Scratchers sales last week were $18.8 million,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “Of those sales, $4.3 million was from the new $30 Scratchers game alone.”

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